St. Columba’s College Foundation

Donations to St. Columba’s College are managed by our Foundation Office, who use the funds for bursaries, capital projects and more.

St. Columba’s has a long and proud tradition of philanthropic support, dating as far back as its establishment in 1840s, when a group led by Reverend William Sewell established the College. Past developments have included the opening of the Library (1994), Grange Building (2004), which houses over 100 boarders, as well as classrooms and house staff accommodation, the refurbishment of the 19th century Argyle buildings (2006) in the heart of the College, and the opening of the old Cadogan Building (2008) as a new music school. More recently the Science Building was totally refitted in 2016 and our social centre, Whispering House, was opened in 2019.

We are delighted to announce that, with the launch of the St. Columba’s College Foundation this year, we have developed a fourfold vision for the future, involving the following pillars:

  • Classrooms in the yard below Whispering House;
  • The on-going upkeep of the campus as a whole;
  • A move away from fossil fuels to try and establish a much more sustainable energy plan for the future;
  • Bursaries to support some families who are struggling to pay the full fees, but also some further bursaries to offer substantial help to children whose parents would simply be unable to afford a boarding education at St. Columba’s College.

St. Columba’s College is a distinctive school and I feel privileged to be leading it into the next phase of its distinguished history. We can look back at our heritage with pride and look forward to the future with great purpose.

I thank you for your continued interest and support and look forward to working with you on our philanthropic endeavours over the months and years ahead.

Mark Boobbyer

Warden

Mark Boobbyer, Warden

“ The Old Columban Society Bursary Fund supported my family in our time of need for which I am hugely grateful. I now in turn am supporting the fund.”

“As a regular donor it gives me great satisfaction that my monthly donations are helping the children and grandchildren of Old Columbans to receive the many benefits of a Columban education.”

“ Giving back is an essential element of what it means to be an Old Columban. We all want to give our children the best opportunities and giving to the Bursary Fund can make a big difference to the life of a child.”

Ways to Support

There are many ways individuals or groups can support the College and its pupils. Explore the various means to support below.

The St. Columba’s College Foundation Fund

This Fund encourages supporters to donate to an unrestricted fund that affords the College discretion over how the funds are spent, allowing for immediate impact. All donations to this Fund, no matter what size are very gratefully received.

St Columba’s College hugely appreciates gifts* in the form of monthly, quarterly or annual commitments. Multi-annual pledges enable the College to plan ahead.

All supporters to the Fund will be kept up to date on the College’s progress and successes each year.

Please note: Gifts over €21 or per month or €250 per year allow the College to claim an additional tax relief on this contribution amplifying the impact of your gift.

Donate Online to the Foundation Fund

To make a recurring donation please select the amount and frequency of your donation and click ‘subscribe’.

Recurring Donation Option

To make a once-off donation please select click ‘donate’ and follow the on-screen instructions.

Alternative Ways to Donate

Donate via Online Bank Transfer

  • Name of Account: The College of St. Columba Foundation Deposit Account
  • Name of Bank: AIB Bank, 40-41 Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • IBAN Number: IE77AIBK93338407162702
  • BIC Code: AIBKIE2D

Please add your FULL NAME and include Annual Fund as a reference.

To Donate by Cheque Payment:

Please make cheques payable to: St Columba’s College. Cheques can be posted to:

The Foundation Office,
St. Columba’s College,
Whitechurch,
Dublin 16
D16 CH92

The College is registered to claim Tax Relief on donations of €250 and over and Gift Aid on STG£ donations – paperwork will be sent out in due course.

Charity Reference Number: CHY 4020.

Registered Charity Number: 20005306.

Should you have any enquiries regarding donations or how to donate please contact:
Sonia Young, Foundation Manager
Email: foundation@stcolumbas.ie
Phone: + 353 1 4956919

The College Bursary Fund

True to the spirit of St Columba’s, our mission is to support young people who would like to attend the College but whose families are facing economic difficulties.

The College Bursary Fund offers direct support to prospective pupils to open up the opportunity of education at the College, by providing a grant towards their attendance. The College bursaries are awarded based on a number of criteria, with lack of financial means being a key requirement.  In contrast with the OCS Bursary Fund, these awards are open to those who have no previous connection to the College.

All donations to this Fund, irrespective of size, are very gratefully received.

Please note – Gifts over €21 or per month or €250 per year allow the College to claim an additional tax relief on this contribution amplifying the impact of your gift.

Donate Online to the College Bursary Fund

To make a recurring donation please select the amount and frequency of your donation and click ‘subscribe’.

Recurring Donation Option

To make a once-off donation please select click ‘donate’ and follow the on-screen instructions.

Alternative Ways to Donate

Donate via Online Bank Transfer

  • Name of Account: The College of St. Columba Foundation Deposit Account
  • Name of Bank: AIB Bank, 40-41 Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • IBAN Number: IE77AIBK93338407162702
  • BIC Code: AIBKIE2D

Please add your FULL NAME and include College Bursary Fund as a reference.

To Donate by Cheque Payment:

Please make cheques payable to: St Columba’s College. Cheques can be posted to:

The Foundation Office,
St. Columba’s College,
Whitechurch,
Dublin 16
D16 CH92

The College is registered to claim Tax Relief on donations of €250 and over and Gift Aid on STG£ donations – paperwork will be sent out in due course.

Charity Reference Number: CHY 4020.

Registered Charity Number: 20005306.

Should you have any enquiries regarding donations or how to donate please contact:
Sonia Young, Foundation Manager
Email: foundation@stcolumbas.ie
Phone: + 353 1 4956919

The OCS Bursary Fund

In addition to College Bursaries, the Old Columban Society established the OCS Bursary Fund in 2011 which specifically supports the children and grandchildren of Old Columbans (OCs).

For many and varying reasons, a number of OCs and their families have been unable to meet the full cost of College fees. The main purpose of the Fund is to offer financial assistance to these individuals. The Funds donated go directly to assisting in paying the College fees rather than paying the entire fee.

To maintain and nurture this Fund, the OCS encourages its members to commit to a suggested amount of €21* per month or €250 per year, or whatever they may be willing to donate.

Promotion of and donations to the OCSBF are managed through the Development Office.

The College and the Old Columban Society are most grateful for support to these Bursary Funds and wish to extend our thanks to all who have enabled our bursary pupils to flourish in the environment of St. Columba’s and on into their futures.

Please note: Gifts over €21 or per month or €250 per year allow the College to claim an additional tax relief on this contribution amplifying the impact of your gift.

Donate Online to the OCS Bursary Fund

To make a recurring donation please select the amount and frequency of your donation and click ‘subscribe’.

To make a once-off donation please select click ‘donate’ and follow the on-screen instructions.

Alternative Ways to Donate

Donate via Online Bank Transfer

  • Name of Account: The Old Columban Society Bursary Fund Deposit Account
  • Name of Bank: AIB Bank, 40-41 Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • IBAN Number: IE58AIBK93338407162462
  • BIC Code: AIBKIE2D

Please add your FULL NAME and include OCSBF (Old Columban Society Bursary Fund) as a reference.

To Donate by Cheque Payment:

Please make cheques payable to: The Old Columban Society Bursary Fund. Cheques can be posted to:

The Foundation Office,
St. Columba’s College,
Whitechurch,
Dublin 16
D16 CH92

The College is registered to claim Tax Relief on donations of €250 and over and Gift Aid on STG£ donations – paperwork will be sent out in due course.

Charity Reference Number: CHY 4020.

Registered Charity Number: 20005306.

Should you have any enquiries regarding donations or how to donate please contact:
Sonia Young, Foundation Manager
Email: foundation@stcolumbas.ie
Phone: + 353 1 4956919

Gaye Caird Bursary

The first four intrepid girls arrived into the male bastion of St. Columba’s College in 1971. They came for the last two years at that stage, but it was not long before they started arriving in Form I and then throughout the school.

50 years later we have a female Chair of the Fellows and a female Senior Prefect, one of many over the years, while half the pupils and teaching staff are also female.

To celebrate this landmark a new bursary fund has been set up in the name of Gaye Caird, the pioneering first housemistress of girls in the College.

She made an enormous impact and contribution to the lives of many girls here and was much respected and admired by her colleagues in the Common Room, an all-male institution until her arrival!

The Gaye Caird Bursary will be awarded to an incoming 1st year boarding girl and covers tuition and board from Form I to Form VI.

We would be delighted to receive donations to this appeal.

Donate Online to the Gaye Caird Bursary

To make a recurring donation please select the amount and frequency of your donation and click ‘subscribe’.

Recurring Donation Option

To make a once-off donation please select click ‘donate’ and follow the on-screen instructions.

Alternative Ways to Donate

Donate via Online Bank Transfer

  • Name of Account: The College of St. Columba Foundation Deposit Account
  • Name of Bank: AIB Bank, 40-41 Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • IBAN Number: IE77AIBK93338407162702
  • BIC Code: AIBKIE2D

Please add your FULL NAME and include Gaye Caird Bursary as a reference.

To Donate by Cheque Payment:

Please make cheques payable to: St Columba’s College. Cheques can be posted to:

The Foundation Office,
St. Columba’s College,
Whitechurch,
Dublin 16
D16 CH92

The College is registered to claim Tax Relief on donations of €250 and over and Gift Aid on STG£ donations – paperwork will be sent out in due course.

Charity Reference Number: CHY 4020.

Registered Charity Number: 20005306.

Should you have any enquiries regarding donations or how to donate please contact:
Sonia Young, Foundation Manager
Email: foundation@stcolumbas.ie
Phone: + 353 1 4956919

Ukraine Bursary Fund

St. Columba’s College, like all schools, are having to play their part in welcoming Ukrainian refugees into their communities. We do not have the capacity to offer a large number of places, but we have offered places to three Ukrainian pupils to come here as boarders in September; a boy in Form I and two girls in Forms II and IV. Additionally, we will welcome a young Ukrainian Maths teacher to the Common Room.

The Ukraine Bursary Fund is designed to assist with pupil fees but, for the most part, for other expenses such as uniform, travel and even, if it should prove necessary, counselling.

I am excited by what these young people will be able to bring to our school community. We know that we are blessed to have what we have and I hope that we can play our part in making life considerably more hopeful for these wonderful children.

If you would like to contribute to this fund, you can do so using PayPal or debit/credit card using the button below. Many thanks in advance.

Donate Online to the Ukraine Bursary Fund

To make a donation to the Ukraine Bursary Fund click ‘donate’ below. You can pay using PayPal or any credit or debit card. Donations can be once-off or recurring.

Please note: that if an individual or business donates €250 or more in a year, they can claim a refund of tax paid on that donation.

Alternative Ways to Donate

Donate via Online Bank Transfer

  • Name of Account: The College of St. Columba Foundation Deposit Account
  • Name of Bank: AIB Bank, 40-41 Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • IBAN Number: IE77AIBK93338407162702
  • BIC Code: AIBKIE2D

Please add your FULL NAME and include Ukraine Bursary Fund as a reference.

To Donate by Cheque Payment:

Please make cheques payable to: St Columba’s College. Cheques can be posted to:

The Foundation Office,
St. Columba’s College,
Whitechurch,
Dublin 16
D16 CH92

The College is registered to claim Tax Relief on donations of €250 and over and Gift Aid on STG£ donations – paperwork will be sent out in due course.

Charity Reference Number: CHY 4020.

Registered Charity Number: 20005306.

Should you have any enquiries regarding donations or how to donate please contact:
Sonia Young, Foundation Manager
Email: foundation@stcolumbas.ie
Phone: + 353 1 4956919

A Lasting Legacy

Including a gift in your will to St Columba’s College, a lasting legacy, will secure the future of St Columba’s for generations to come. Legacies allow the College to nurture the talent of pupils into the future and protect our core values for future Columbans.

All legacy gifts, irrespective of size, are held in highest regard. Legacies enable St Columba’s to continue a spirit of philanthropy that goes back to the Foundation of the College in 1843.

To discuss leaving a gift in your will to the College contact the Foundation Officer Sonia Young, in the strictest confidence, by email (foundation@stcolumbas.ie) or by telephone (+353 1 495 6919). For further information please see the attached leaflet here.

Foundation News

Explore news articles relating to College development and fundraising.

Documents

Here are a selection of brochures and paper forms with further information on the Foundation Office and it’s various funds.

OCS Bursary Fund Brochure
Donation Form (Euro)
Donation Form (Sterling)
Legacy Leaflet

Contact

Please fill in the form below with any questions, suggestions or inquiries about the roles of the Foundation Office. Our Foundation Officer, Sonia Young, will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Sonia Young

Sonia Young

Foundation Manager

Foundation Office,
St. Columba’s College,
Whitechurch,
Dublin 16,
D16 CH92

Email: foundation@stcolumbas.ie
Phone: +353 (1) 495 6919

Whispering House Photo Gallery

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